It’s estimated that 350 million from around the world watched King Charles III’s coronation live from Westminster Abbey on Saturday, May 6, 2023.
Who knows how many millions more will watch videos and clips of the event in the weeks following.
And as the Western Journal points out everyone watching received a presentation of the gospel and as well numerous Biblical quotes whether they wanted it or not:
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, officiated the coronation and started off the ceremony with the proclamation that ‘Christ is Risen’:.
The Western Journal writes:
Take, for instance, the archbishop’s greeting at the beginning of the ceremony: “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.”
“Alleluia. Christ is risen,” the archbishop continued. The congregation’s response? “He is risen indeed. Alleluia.”
The British Bible Society (BBS) also provided a list of all the Bible verses quoted or cited at the coronation ceremony.
This included the following references or citations:
- King of Kings Revelation 19:16;
- Jesus’s statement that He did not come to be served but to serve Matthew 20:28;
- A quote from Romans 3:23, ‘Lord have mercy, we all have sinned’;
- King Charles’ prayer included elements from Galatians 5 and Proverbs 3:17. The BBS added that this may have been the first time a king prayed at his coronation;
- The singing of Gloria by William Byrd is based on the angelic song in Luke 2:14;
- British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak read Colossians 1:9–17;
- The Gospel reading came from Luke 4:16–21 where Jesus proclaims in the synagogue that the Spirit of the Lord was upon Him, and Jesus came to set the captives free;
- The singing of the ‘Veni Creator’ comes from Isaiah 11:2 involving the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit;
- The choir sang the proclamation that the High Priest Zadok made when Solomon was anointed King of Israel found in 1 Kings 1;
- The Archbishop of Canterbury’s blessing included references from 2 Peter 1:11, Psalm 90:17, and Psalm 45:7.
- When King Charles was presented with the Royal Regalia several verses were cited along with the items. This included the sword Ephesians 6:17, the robe Isaiah 61:10, and the orb Revelation 11:15.
- While Queen Camilla was presented with her regalia, they sang Andrew Lloyd Webber’s song, ‘Make a joyful noise to the Lord’ taken from Psalm 98;
- The citing of the Blessing from Numbers 6:24–26: ‘The Lord Bless you and keep you’;
- The anthem by Thomas Weelkes included the phrase, ‘O grant the king a long life …’ taken from Psalm 61;
- The Archbishop of Canterbury cited Psalm 89:14 as he crowned Charles King, “Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne’;
- 1 Kings 2:2 is sung after King Charles was crowned, ‘So be strong, and prove yourself …’; and
- The ceremony closes with the Eucharist and cites numerous Bible verses, Psalm 21, Psalm 103, Matthew 6.9–13, Revelation 4, and 1 Corinthians 11.
READ: All the Bible verses in the Coronation AND 350 Million People Around the World Heard the Gospel on Live TV – Most Had No Idea It Was Coming